Of Mess and Moxie

mox-ie [mok-see], noun informal: The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; sass, determination, pluck; “That girl’s got moxie.”

Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it.

Life is hard, disappointing, painful, shocking, exhausting, aggravating, boring. However you want to say it, life is MESSY.

But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure means they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right.” Struggle doesn’t mean they’re weak; it means they’re alive.

Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change(“Everyone, be into this thing I’m into! Except when I’m not. Then everyone be cool.”) or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip (“Why are we in San Antonio?”), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold.


Not Your Grandmother's Chutzpah: How Modern Women are Bringing Back "Moxie" | TODAY Parents, February 2017

On Sale: August 2017 | Publisher's Weekly, March 2017

Best Summer Books 2017 | Publisher's Weekly, April 2017

Jen Hatmaker Offers Encouragement | Christian Market, July 2017

Review: Of Mess and Moxie | Book List, July 2017

New Nonfiction: August 2017 | Shelftalk Blog, August 2017

Religion and Spirituality Books Preview: August 2017 | Publisher's Weekly, July 2017

New and Now: August 2017 | Austin Monthly, August 2017

It's a Hard Job, But Someone Has To Do It | BookPage, August 2017

The 13 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in August 2017 | Bustle, August 2017

10 Questions with Jen Hatmaker | MSN, August 2017

Jesus Loved Me Back From Despair | Simple Grace, August 2017

Ask Redbook with Jen Hatmaker | Redbook, August 2017

Listen to An Exclusive Excerpt of Jen Hatmaker's New Book, Of Mess and Moxie |, August 2017

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life | Book Reporter, August 2017

Christian Author Jen Hatmaker on the 'Moxie' It Takes to Get Your Books Banned | Religion News Service, August 2017

Real Authenticity Has to Cost You Something | Relevant Magazine, August 2017

New Book Releases - Week of August 7, 2017 | Englewood Review of Books, August 2017

How I Finally Broke Free From a Two-Month Case of the Doldrums |, August 2017

Jen Hatmaker Talks Faith, Family and the Church's Battles | Time, August 2017

This Week's Bestsellers: August 21, 2017 | Publisher's Weekly, August 2017

What Obligations Do White Christian Women Have to Speak Out About Politics? | The Atlantic, August 2017

Jen Hatmaker's Advice for Positive Parenting | Guidepost Magazine, August 2017

Friends of the Family | Hallmark's Home & Family, August 2017

Books Sure To Make You Laugh | Southern Living, September 2017

The Year of Jen Hatmaker | Texas Monthly, October 2017

This Evangelical Leader Denounced Trump. Then the Death Threats Started. | Politico, December 2017